Wild Hogs

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Wild Hogs Movie Poster Image
Disneyfied Easy Rider for the suburban set.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

True friends stick together, even when it means getting whupped by a gang of hardcore bikers. But also lots of scatological humor (the guys pee on the side of the road, biker says "We drink piss," Macy carries his poop around in a plastic bag) and derogatory/homophobic comments.

Violence

A biker gang and the four Wild Hogs have a climactic fistfight, but despite the nonstop punching and kicking, no one ends up too bloody. One man knees two bikers in the groin and squirts condiments all over their face. A character regularly punches, pushes, and slaps his underlings.

Sex

The friends skinny dip; viewers see bare buttocks. A highway patrolman joins the guys and shows off his naked butt. A couple of passionate kisses.

Language

Frequent cursing, including words like "bitch," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," etc. Several homophobic comments: "If any of my gay friends look at my junk, I'll kill them," "Does anyone else get a pre-rape feeling?," "I'm going to put your balls in my mouth and chew on them," etc.

Consumerism

Several bikers ride Orange County Choppers, and founder Paul Teutel Sr. even cameos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Wild Hogs drink beer at various bars and diners throughout their road trip; Tim Allen's character discusses how often he was high in his college days.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy adventure isn't as kid-friendly as the previews suggest. The four middle-aged friends who set out on the central road trip use plenty of strong language, and the genuine biker gang they butt heads with is full of slapsticky violent, tattoo-covered hog riders out to punish the "suburban a--holes" posing as bikers. And then there are all homophobic jokes and double entendres -- not to mention the scatological possibilities of four men taking on the great outdoors. Be prepared for a lot of gay, poop, and pee jokes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byage 10+ May 27, 2012
Adult Written byhockey mommy April 9, 2008

Really fun for middle aged Harley folks!

My husband and I saw Wild Hogs in the theater and laughed through the entire movie. This movie really pegs those 40-something Harley Davidson riders who ride j... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2010
wild hogs vs del flugios that's what was going on that's what really the story line is men who wanna go on roadtrip
Kid, 10 years old July 16, 2009

funny!!!

SO FUNNY!!!!

What's the story?

John Travolta leads the pack as Woody, a man his friends think has it all: money, looks, and a supermodel wife. But he's actually broke and about to get divorced. Desperate for a last-ditch way to rekindle better times, Woody convinces his motorcycle pals -- henpecked husband Bobby (Martin Lawrence), bored dentist Doug (Tim Allen), and computer-geek bachelor Dudley (William H. Macy) -- to take a road trip. Along the way, the guys do plenty of middle-aged male bonding.

Is it any good?

The four stars of WILD HOGS are all talented comedic actors, which is why it's disappointing -- if not surprising -- that this buddy flick isn't funnier. If you decide to join the fellas on their trip, stick around for a surprise treat at the end -- one that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fans will especially appreciate. It's one of the funniest moments in the movie; too bad it came so late.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the four friends learned about themselves and each other on their road trip. Why was the trip so important to Woody? How was Woody misleading his pals?

  • Why didn't Doug's son consider him cool until the end of the movie? Why was Bobby afraid of his wife? How did Dudley act bravely despite his geeky personality?

  • Ask kids to explain how the guys proved their friendship to each other. What other movies does this one remind you of? What's the appeal of "road trip movies"?

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